Workshops

Sue has been teaching pregnancy and birth preparation in Melbourne since 2005. Workshops are inclusive of LGBTIQ+ individuals and couples.

****Please note workshops for January and February will be run online.  Further workshops for the year remain TBA.   Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Thrive

with Sue Power & Jo Watson

Support to build confidence and develop coping skills as new parents 

Calmbirth®

Practical and emotional birth preparation and education

Meditation

Explore the benefits of meditation in pregnancy and every day life

Thrive

Facilitated by Sue Power and Jo Watson.

Support the transition to becoming a parent, and to build confidence and develop coping skills as new parents 

** THRIVE will be returning to face to face in late January 2022 at two new venues in Thornbury and Seddon.  

When embarking on this new journey of parenthood there can be challenging transitions and a range of emotions.  THRIVE aims to provide a safe, non-judgemental and nurturing environment to build confidence and develop coping skills as a new mother.  Over 9 weeks we explore a different theme that includes mindfulness strategies to enable you to:

  • Navigate change with self-awareness and compassion
  • Be aware of your reactions and respond wisely and calmly.
  • Be present and connected with yourself, your baby and the community around you.

Themes include Creative and Intuitive Parenting, the Challenges of Parenting in this Current Era, Identity as Mothers and Self-discovery, Navigating and Nurturing Relationship Changes, Birth Journeys, Love, Intimacy and Sexuality, Maintaining Life Balance and Wellbeing, Creating Community and Family Rituals.

Babies are welcomed into the space as part of the course.  Open to any new mother or person who has given birth, with babies from 0-6 months of age.  Numbers limited due to current Covid-safe restrictions. 

Facilitators Sue Power and Jo Watson have a combined experience of over 30 years working with women and families. They each bring their own unique qualities and skills to these courses.  

Cost:

In person courses in Thornbury – $360 for the full 9 weeks  

The cost includes comprehensive emails, supportive weekly practices and access to guided relaxations.  

Our next group in Thornbury  begins Friday January 28th and runs from 11am till 1pm.  BOOK NOW

For information regarding upcoming courses in Seddon please contact Sue. 

Calmbirth®

with Sue Power

Practical and emotional birth preparation and education

***Please note when courses return to in-person full vaccination is required to attend.  This course may also need to revert to online at short notice if the educator is unwell or needing to isolate.

The calmbirth® philosophy is based on the belief that pregnancy, labour and birth are normal life events and that birth is a natural process. The calmbirth® workshops draw on contemporary birth physiology and neuroscience giving couples a greater understanding of the birthing process whilst aiming to understand and reduce fear and anxiety. With greater knowledge and understanding, women and their partners are able to feel confident to make informed decisions around their birth choices.

The workshops combine an understanding of the birthing process, the hormones of labour and birth and practical skills for managing pain, sensations and challenges of labour, that include breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques, positioning and massage. Life after birth and the transition to parenthood and the role of the partner/support is also emphasised.

The comprehensive course is complementary to all models of care – private or public, birth centre or home-birth and are not an alternative to the birthing choices you have already made. You will gain practical knowledge and skills whether this is your first or third baby, or hoping to achieve a vaginal birth after a previous caesarean (VBAC). Refresher classes are also available for subsequent pregnancies if you’ve completed the original course.  

The cost (in person) is $550 per couple which includes the booklet, downloads and refreshments. ($150 non-refundable deposit secures your enrolment).  If the course reverts to online the cost will be reduced.

Weekend workshops run from 9am to approx 4.30pm over two days. 

UPCOMING DATES

Please click on the booking link below for availability or the option of a waiting list. 

Courses when in person will be held at our new venue in Brunswick – PULSE, 149B Glenlyon Rd (please note it is a requirement of the space that all participants are fully vaccinated for Covid-19)

2022

January 30th & February 6th REGISTER HERE

February 27th & March 6th REGISTER HERE

March 20th & 27th REGISTER HERE

(No courses in April) 

May 8th & 15th REGISTER HERE 

# Affiliated Private Health Funds that may be applicable for rebates: Teachers Federation Health, NIB, Australian Unity, BUPA Australia, AHM, The Doctors Health Fund, CBHS, GU Health and Defence Health will cover part of the costs of birth education classes run by a Midwife or Midwifery Antenatal Services* depending on your level of cover.
(HCF, Manchester Unity, RT Health, Latrobe Health, GMHBA, Medibank Private do not cover any costs for privately run birth classes).
*If you are a member of any health insurer not mentioned above who guarantees part of the cost of birth classes please contact Sue

Meditation

Give yourself the opportunity to receive the support of meditation to help you find moments of rest and quiet.  These practices can support your capacity to manage stress, emotional fatigue and re-set your nervous system, particularly post Covid-19 and managing ongoing stressors.  A space and stillness to rejuvenate and restore the mind and body.  

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